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Tastes of Northern Portugal and Galicia

Embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other with a delightful 7-night holiday that combines the best of Vigo in Galicia, Spain, and Praia de Ancora in Northern Portugal, focusing on the region's rich culinary heritage and exquisite wines. Enjoy vineyard visits, wine tasting, Spanish tapas, mussel tasting and pastel de nata's!

  • Spain

    Portugal

  • 7 nights
  • Half board with dinner in local restaurants with wine included.
  • Food & Wine

    Culture

    Landscape

  • Sep

Gentle

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the heart of Galician cuisine, famed for its seafood delicacies and traditional dishes
  • Discover the Portuguese cuisine and delicious wine, whilst enjoying its glorious coastline.
  • Experience the culinary highlights of two countries.
  • Enjoy vineyard visits, wine tasting, Spanish tapas, mussel tasting and pastel de nata's!
  • Explore Portugal's culture and history in Barcelos, a UNESCO Creative City.
  • Embark on a captivating cruise along the picturesque Ria de Vigo in Galicia, and delve into the fascinating world of mussel farming.
  • Follow Ponta de Lima’s beautiful natural ecopath, one of the oldest towns in Portugal.

Embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other with a delightful 7-night holiday that combines the best of Vigo in Galicia, Spain, and Praia de Ancora in Northern Portugal, focusing on the region's rich culinary heritage and exquisite wines.

Galicia is famed for its gardens with collections of exotic flowering plants such as camellias.  The region has numerous paths criss-crossing the countryside offering gentle strolls through woods, alongside rivers and through vineyards. These paths meander through traditional villages, past old churches and the characteristic ‘horreos’ (grain stores on stilts), down to the coast.  Rias are little fingers of the ocean which cut into the land, creating the perfect equilibrium, because of the rias, this region offers some of the best fish and seafood. Start in Vigo, immerse yourself in the heart of Galician cuisine. Savor succulent seafood while exploring the bustling local markets and quaint towns along the picturesque coast. Be sure to pair your meals with Albarino wines, a crisp and refreshing white wine native to the region. Explore the beauty of this coastline on food, delve into Galician history and cruise along the Ria de Vigo whilst enjoying mussel tasting and local wines.

Cross the border into Northern Portugal, where Praia de Ancora welcomes you with a blend of coastal charm and culinary wonders. Based on the stunning Costa Verde, this is a quieter, greener Portugal, famous for its mountains, lush green countryside, beautiful beaches and delightful “Vinho Verde”. We’ll walk along some of Portugal’s finest coastline, as well as meandering along ancient tracks which link the numerous classic Minho villages and lush pastoral valleys. Follow Ponta de Lima’s beautiful natural ecopath across picturesque scenery, meandering past tranquil rivers, through farmland, and through woodland, before finishing with pastel de nata tasting and port wine, Portugal's world-renowned fortified wine. Explore Barcelos, a city steeped in culture, and walk in Geraz do Lima before relaxing in a vineyard with Alvarinho wine. 

Throughout your journey, you'll be captivated by the warm hospitality and genuine passion for food and wine that both Vigo and Praia de Ancora have to offer. This unforgettable gastronomic experience promises to tantalise your taste buds and leave you with cherished memories of the delectable delights from two distinct but equally remarkable culinary destinations.

  • Return flights from London to Porto
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite 3 star hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Half Board with dinners taken at the hotel and local restaurants
  • Vineyard visits, wine tasting, Spanish tapas, mussel tasting and pastel de nata's tasting.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Spain

Meals

Tapas Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Porto Airport, and on arrival transfer by private coach to Vigo in Spain. Start the holiday with a traditional Spanish tapas dinner with refreshing vinho verde, made from a mixture of native Portuguese grapes.

Transfer Time = 1 hour 40 minutes

Day 2

Monte Alba Coastal walk

Meals

Breakfast and Seafood Dinner

Accommodation

Walk through the glorious Portuguese mountains to the Atlantic sea, passing Cepudo Mountain and over the top of Alba Mountain where you'll spot a traditional Portuguese chapel nestled in the landscape. The ascent is gradual and not too challenging, a bonus as it allows you to fully appreicate the incredible panoramic views of Monte Alba and the coastline at the top. The trail descends to Chandebrito, a small parish dotted with remains of an ancient settlement, providing a unique glimpse into the area's scenery. The blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue is undoubtedly enriching.

Continuing your path towards Vigo, passing by the Chapel of San Sebastian and the 13th-century Coruxo church offers insights into the religious and architectural heritage of the region. These landmarks provide a connection to the local culture and history.

Finally, ending the day with a seafood dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to indulge in the culinary delights of the area. The Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, especially seafood dishes, are renowned for its flavours and freshness. 

Day 3

Cruise the Ria de Vigo

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner, plus Mussel tasting

Accommodation

Embark on a captivating cruise along the picturesque Ria de Vigo and delve into the fascinating world of mussel farming firsthand. Immerse yourself in a guided tour that unravels the rich history of this practice, all while indulging in an exquisite tasting experience. Savor delectable mussels paired harmoniously with locally sourced wine or a refreshing soft beverage of your choice. This journey promises not only scenic beauty but also an insightful exploration of culinary and cultural delights.

Day 4

Welcome to Portugal

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner, plus port wine and Pastel de Nata tasting

Accommodation

Take a transfer to Vila Praia de Ancora, with a stop at Valenca and TUI on route.

Day 5

Ponta de Lima

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner. Port wine tasting and Pastel de Nata tasting

Accommodation

Transfer to Ponta de Lima today, one of the oldest towns in Portugal. Its very name harkens back to the medieval marvel that is the seventeen-arch bridge spanning the graceful River Lima. This idyllic town unveils its charm through cobblestone streets that wind like tales of the past, accompanied by the allure of quaint eateries and cafes adorned with terraces dressed in floral finery. The traditional whitewashed buildings stand as a testament to time's embrace. Located on the route of one of the many trails of the Camino de Santiago, you’ll see walkers passing through Ponta de Lima. Take a look at one of the pilgrim passport buildings in Ponta de Lima!

Follow Ponta de Lima’s beautiful natural ecopath across picturesque scenery, meandering past tranquil rivers, through farmland, and through woodland.

Returning back to Ponta de Lima, your senses are rewarded with an afternoon of indulgence….port wine and pastel de nata tasting!

Day 6

Barcelos

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

The train whisks you south, to the historical city of Barcelos located on the waters of the River Cavado. A day unfolds before you, an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of this historic city. At its heart stands the illustrious Barcelos Cockerel, a symphony of vivid colors that has become an iconic emblem of Portugal's heritage.

Barcelos, a name steeped in culture, was accorded a UNESCO Creative City title in 2017. A haven for artisans and craftspeople, the city reveals its prowess through wonders like the Ceramic Museum and the handicraft centre. Let the essence of Barcelos infuse your journey, leaving you with memories as vivid and enduring as the colours that grace its famed symbol.

Day 7

Gerez do Lima

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner, plus wine tasting at a Vineyard

Accommodation

Public transport takes you to Geraz do Lima, nestled along the meandering embrace of the River Lima, for a beautiful walk amongst natural beauty. This area boasts a mild climate with an abundance of biodiversity and history. Pause at a vineyard to savour Alvarinho wines. This refreshing white wine, native to Galicia and northern Portugal, dances on your palate. As each sip unveils the region's unique character, you find yourself immersed not only in the taste but also in the history and culture that have nurtured these vines over time.

Day 8

Final day

Transfer to Porto airport for your return flight home.  

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th Sep 2024 - 4th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

We have return flights between London to Porto. 

We include a private transfer to Sercotel Tres Luces in Vigo , which will take approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. During the week we’ll travel by road, train, boat and on foot.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Sercotel Tres Luces

Vigo, situated in the heart of the picturesque region of Galicia in Spain, is a vibrant coastal city that captivates visitors with its unique blend of history, natural beauty, and modern charm. Nestled between the lush landscapes of the Rías Baixas and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Vigo boasts a rich maritime heritage that is deeply intertwined with its identity. The city's historic old town offers narrow cobblestone streets, charming plazas, and historic buildings that showcase a blend of architectural styles. Vigo is also celebrated for its delectable seafood cuisine, drawing inspiration from its coastal location. With its inviting beaches, cultural festivals, and warm-hearted locals, Vigo beckons you to explore its enchanting corners and experience the essence of Galicia.

We stay in the modern three star Sercotel Tres Luces in the centre of Vigo. The hotel is in the business district but has been selected for its suitablity for our programme and a short drive from the beach. The hotel is modern and includes a restaurant.

We stay in classic double and twin bedded rooms. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical ‘Austrian type beds’ which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Single rooms usually have twin or double beds. Rooms are simple and include:

  • Ensuite facilities
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WIFI

Hotel Meira

Praia de Ancora is famous for its young wine, lush landscape, traditional villages and quiet golden beaches. There are various clothing and sports shops, supermarkets, and bakeries. The streets are filled with locally run cafes, restaurants and bars. There is also a tourist office on the beachfront and banks with ATM's in the centre. During the winter season, the town can be a little quieter as there may be less tourists and you may find some shops have shorter opening hours.

Located just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the charming Priaia das Criancas beach and five minutes from the town centre, the modern, yet cosy Hotel Meira provides a relaxing base for your holiday. Maybe take a relaxing swim in its outdoor pool and enjoy a drink from the bar on the beautiful sun terrace after a days exploration. You can enjoy the new spa facilities including a sauna, Turkish bath and spa treatments (additional charge).

Stay in standard double and twin bedded ensuite rooms. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical ‘Austrian type beds’ which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Single rooms are usually twin or double bedded rooms for sole use. All rooms have recently been refurbished and include:

  • Ensuite bathroom with a shower over the bath
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Free WIFI

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

A relaxing way to explore, where we’ve perfected the art of taking our time. You don’t need to be a seasoned walker or fit enough to walk for miles to join these itineraries. All trips at this grade are focused on quality time. We encourage everyone to pause and take in their surroundings, strolling on foot at a leisurely pace. 

Usual daily walks - Distance: 3 miles; Ascent/Descent 50m; Terrain: good paths and tracks; Time: Over the duration of a day. 

Please ensure to read the 'Proposed Itinerary' for a more accurate description of daily activities on each holiday, and if unsure please contact one of our friendly experts for advice.  

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Country Currency

The currency in Spain is the euro. ATMs are widely available in the larger towns and villages and most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.

Country Currency

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly between London to Porto. We include a private transfer to Vigo which will take approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. Our return transfer from Praia de Ancora to Porto is 50 minutes. 

During the week we’ll travel by road, train, boat and on foot. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Vigo and Praia de Ancora, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotels. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost.  You will enjoy breakfasts at the hotels.

You will dine in local restaurants in the evening, a perfect way to discover the Galician and Northern Portugal cuisine and areas. The local restaurants we choose are usually smaller and family run, serving traditional Spanish and Portuguese food, and used by locals. Local restaurants can be simple but allow us to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Spanish and Portuguese restaurant along with local diners and the Spanish and Portuguese hospitality.

Spanish dishes are similar to the Mediterranean diet, with lots of fish, salads, cured meats, fruit and vegetables. Tapas is well known way of eating in Spain, with lots of cold and warm small dishes, such as breads, meat, fish, and vegetables. A great way to try a variety of food!

Portuguese dishes are quite different and usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and usually consist of soup, meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes. Portugal is famous for its seafood and fresh fish and usually it is caught, cooked and eaten the same day! Vegetarian options are available if we are advised in advance so please contact our Sales & Reservations department. However please be aware that Portuguese food mostly consists of meat and fish. We do make suggestions on what ingredients to consider to produce a well-balanced and tasty meat and fish free meal, however vegetarian and vegan options can sometimes lack protein and carbohydrates.  You can, however, guarantee that ingredients will be fresh and locally sourced.

Please note that it is the custom in Spain, especially out of the main tourist areas, to eat dinner from 20:30 onwards. 

Lunches are not included but are usually taken as picnics brought from local shops, bakeries or cafes.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK.

Visit Galicia

Visit Spain

BBC Two Rick Stein's Spain 

Visit Portugal

Portugal National Tourist Office

‘The Rough Guide to Spain ’

‘The Rough Guide to Portugal’ 

‘Portugal - A Travellers Guide’ - Susan Loundes (Thornton Cox)

‘Blue Guide: Portugal’ - Ian Robertson

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Spain

  • Capital

    Madrid

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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